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50 posts tagged "Derek Lam"

Moore, Shields, Lam: Viva Italia!

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Seeing that tomorrow marks the start of Milan fashion week, it was fitting to hear all present last night at the Tod’s U.S. launch of limited-edition book Italian Touch wax eloquent about the wonders of the sole boot-shaped member of the E.U. Julianne Moore, for starters, was still in a Mediterranean state of mind, having just returned from Venice, where her film (and Tom Ford’s directorial debut!) A Single Man debuted. “I was so struck by how natural everybody is and all the beautiful families,” said Moore, who made up for the absence of the real Tuscan sun in a dazzling gold Derek Lam frock topped with a black blazer. “It’s just so unforced and lovely and simple.” While Brooke Shields, who set off her body-skimming black dress with a pair of strappy Tod’s sandals and a purple clutch, was quick to claim her Italian heritage. “What comes out of Italy is the passion. Whatever they do, it really kind of comes from the gut,” said Shields, who recently traveled to Rome to trace her family’s genealogy. “That’s my dad’s side. But I’ve got Newark on the other side. Newark and Rome!” Tod’s creative director Derek Lam kept his praise pithy for both the country and the book’s lavish collection of images that capture the elegant ease with which Italians do just about everything. Remarked Lam, “It’s all about sensuality.”

Photo: Neil Rasmus/Patrick McMullan

Blasblog: Shopping For A Good Cause At Tod’s

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A couple of weeks back, I mentioned that the new scene in the Hamptons was Soul Cycle’s spinning classes. Little did I know the class rapport went well beyond physical fitness. For Allure editor in chief and avid biker Linda Wells, the 9:30 a.m. weekend classes were how she got involved with the R.E.S.T. Initiative, which brings massage therapies into chemotherapy treatment rooms. “One of the instructors was suffering and realized that one element was missing from the healing, the power of human touch,” explained Wells, who hosted cocktails and a shopping party with Derek Lam at Tod’s Madison Avenue boutique last night to benefit the organization. Speaking of hands on, Tod’s tan leather D-Bag was the evening’s most sought-after item.

Photo: Courtesy of Tod’s

Rihanna’s First Time

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It was the usual editor, model, and fellow designer crowd at Derek Lam’s store opening party last night. That is, until Rihanna popped in wearing her first-ever Lam outfit, look 22 from his Spring collection. Something tells us that her white suit will be one of the first items to sell out at the gleaming new Crosby Street boutique. Click here for our complete party coverage.

Photo: Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene

The Land Of Lam Opens On Crosby

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Lest you should stay in one night this week, tonight is the opening party for Derek Lam’s first boutique in the quaintly cobblestoned but retail-hot micro-neighborhood that we’ll call CroHo. (That’s for the T-junction formed by Crosby and Howard streets.) The space is minimal, airy, and slightly trippy, with the 2,800 square feet divvied up by curving sweeps of aquarium glass. It was designed by starchitects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA, whose only other New York project is the New Museum. “In both the New Museum and Derek Lam, we wanted to bring refined elements into the rough texture of the surrounding city in a way that blended naturally,” says Sejima, who was literally Lam’s first client. (She bought a black double-breasted trench from Fall 2004.) Thus, the modernist glass walls and poured concrete floor play off the original brick walls of the nineteenth-century building. By July, Lam and his staff will be moving to Crosby Street as well. “I always wanted to have it like a European house where the store is downstairs and the atelier is above,” says Lam. That means that the Soho resident will be able to walk to work, thereby fulfilling yet another New York dream.

Photo: Courtesy of Derek Lam

On The Lam

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Fresh off a plane from L.A., where he was the man of the hour at a Tod’s luncheon to benefit Couture Cares last week, Derek Lam co-hosted a ladies’ lunch at Christie’s today. After perusing casefuls of jewels to be auctioned off later this spring, Lydia Fenet, BJ Topol-Blum, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, and other uptown types adjourned to a second-floor boardroom to watch an abridged version of Lam’s Fall collection, accessorized with yet more baubles from the upcoming sale. We sat next to the designer’s partner, Jan Hendrik-Schlottmann, who gave us an update on Lam’s new store, which, contrary to the taxi ads you might’ve spotted around town, is not yet open. The delay, he explained, is due to pods—designed by Sanaa, the Japanese firm behind the New Museum, and built in Las Vegas—that are the main architectural feature of the store. Believe it or not, the weather has been too awful to ship them across the country. As if those giant pods aren’t temptation enough to make the trek down to Crosby Street (the store is adjacent to Jil Sander and across the street from the still-under-construction Mondrian Hotel), he also said that they’ve hired the sales staff from Linda Dresner, the fabulous Madison Avenue boutique that closed its doors earlier this year. We’ll be expecting some special one-on-one attention when we use the generous gift card we were delighted to find next to our place card.

Photo: Courtesy of Derek Lam